Accused in cocaine case appear in High Court

Two residents of Walvis Bay arrested at the harbour town in June 2018 in connection with a cocaine bust worth close to N.dollars 206 million, on Thursday made their first appearance in the High Court.

Grant Noble and Dinah Azhar (ages not provided) made their first appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management as per a decision taken by the Prosecutor-General Office over the past months.

Their case was thereafter postponed to 19 November this year to allow their defence lawyer, Attorney Jan Wessels, to file his responses to the questionnaire of the State memorandum on behalf of his clients.

Wessels has been ordered to file his replies to the State memorandum by 12 November 2020.

The two accused persons, who were brought by the police from Walvis Bay, are now remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility’s trial-awaiting holding cells until their next court appearance on 19 November 2020.

This was effected as per an agreement between defence lawyer Wessels and prosecution representative, State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba, in court.

The duo is charged with dealing in and alternatively, possession of, cocaine.

Noble and Azhar have been in police custody since 15 June 2018 following their arrest after a container they imported was found loaded with 412 kilogrammes of cocaine.

It is alleged that the cocaine was hidden between copy paper boxes the two men had ordered from Brazil via Cape Town to Namibia through the port of Walvis Bay.

The container was kept under surveillance by port security, NamPol and Customs and Excise after they received an international tip-off about the large consignment of cocaine destined for Walvis Bay.

The suspects have been in police custody since their several failed formal bail applications in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court in 2018.

Source: Namibia Press Agency